Inaugural Executive Director – Neshama Hospice (September 14, 2023)

Hospice palliative care plays a vital role in Ontario’s health care system, providing people with additional options for high-quality end-of-life care outside of hospitals. As the need for community-based end-of-life care continues to escalate, the creation of Neshama Hospice is both timely and welcome. Neshama Hospice will be a 10-bed hospice residence (with projections to quickly grow to 12-beds) in the heart of North York, where individuals live out their final days with loved ones within a community of compassion, in a home-like environment.

The Position

Neshama Hospice is seeking a dynamic leader for their inaugural Executive Director (ED). On behalf of the organization, the ED will be a strong public voice and key spokesperson for the provision of high-quality hospice care delivered in a manner that respects Jewish values and traditions. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will be accountable for the leadership, direction, funding, and day-to-day management of all operations that support the organization’s mission and goals. Additionally, the ED will provide the vision, leadership, and influence to lead the inception, construction, and evolution of Neshama Hospice during an exciting time of start-up and transformation. The role offers great opportunities for creativity and growth, while making a meaningful contribution to hospice care.

This executive role requires a dynamic, adaptive, and resourceful leader who can effectively navigate through an ever- changing environment and numerous complex stakeholder relationships. The ED will be a strong people leader with the ability to foster a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment, while effectively championing a person-centred care agenda. The role must work effectively and collaboratively across the organization, and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Directors and key external partners. The ED will have a relentless focus on quality hospice care while inspiring commitment, and engaging with diverse communities, staff, and the Board of Directors. He/she/they will be a proactive facilitator and planner, who can effectively advance the work of Neshama Hospice, developing and maintaining key partnerships on behalf of the Hospice, while representing its priorities across the continuum of care. This position will be key in translating Neshama’s vision into a sustainable future for the organization.

Key Opportunities and Areas of Focus will be to:

  1. Action the vision of Neshama Hospice from conception to reality, leading the development of a residential hospice that will provide exemplary, quality hospice care.
  2. Shape the future direction of Neshama Hospice by providing strong leadership, engaging stakeholders, and championing quality and person-centered care.
  3. Provide leadership for best operational practices and develop creative strategies to advance program goals for compassionate care delivery.
  4. Foster strategic partnerships and maintain effective relationships with funders and
  5. Collaborate with health system partners to explore and implement innovative approaches that promote excellence in hospice residential care.


The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of progressive leadership experience within a health service delivery setting, ideally serving end-of-life care. In addition to having strong credentials and a clinical background, the candidate will demonstrate a profound respect and sense of compassion for providing residential hospice care influenced by faith-based values. This is an influential leadership role that requires someone that excels at building and leading an organization focused on holistic, person-centred care. The incumbent will be an exceptional relationship developer with a demonstrated ability to bring a vision to reality. To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume to Judy Mandelman or Nancy Lismer at [email protected].

Neshama Hospice and Promeus Inc. are actively engaged to building an intentionally inclusive environment that engages, supports, and empowers employment equity and diversity in the workplace and communities served. We invite applications from Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons and women.